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Federal (USV)


Robert Raper Bratton

(1841 - 1920)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

A 20 year old farmer in Washington, IN, he mustered as Private, Company C, 6th Indiana Infantry on 24 April 1861 and mustered out on 2 August 1861 in Indianapolis. He then enlisted as Corporal, Company E, 27th Indiana Infantry, and mustered in on 12 September 1861. He may have been promoted Sergeant, date not known, but he was reduced in rank to Private on 11 December 1861 at his own request.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was wounded again, in the left hip in action at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863, and for the third time at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863. He reenlisted on 24 January 1864, and was wounded yet again, in the left leg in action at Resaca, GA on 15 May 1864. He transferred to Company K, 70th Indiana Infantry (after the 27th mustered out) at Atlanta, GA on 4 November 1864, and was consolidated into Company B, 33rd Indiana Infantry on 8 June 1865 in Washington, DC. He mustered out of service with them on 21 July 1865 at Louisville, KY.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1. His service from Brown2 and the Historical Data Systems database. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


1841 in IN


09/02/1920; Portland, OR; burial in Multnomah Pioneer Cemetery, Portland, OR


1   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 140  [AotW citation 16610]

2   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pg. 591  [AotW citation 18527]